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 NEWS FROM THE CURRENT ISSUE  

ISSUE 217, February 2018

‘We did everything we could’ says 
promoter in deaf ticket-holder row

A DEAF woman is taking legal action against LHG Live after alleging the promoter failed to make “reasonable adjustments” for her disability.

Ahead of a 15,000-capacity concert by Little Mix at the South of England Event Centre in Sussex, Sally Reynolds asked LHG to provide a sign language interpreter for her and two friends, who are also deaf. The trio were attending the show on 1 September with their daughters.

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Royal Albert Hall trustees to face
scrutiny over private ticket sales  

A WRANGLE between the Charity Commission and the Royal Albert Hall (cap. 5,272) over whether the venue’s trustees and private seat-owners should be able to sell tickets on the secondary market, has been referred to a charity tribunal.

The Commission raised concerns last year about trustees of the RAH, which is a registered charity, selling tickets for personal profit, while also having a controlling interest on the Hall’s board (see LIVE UK issue 213).

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Lovebox and Citadel move
west to Gunnersbury Park

TWO OF the capital’s largest festivals, Lovebox (cap. 30,000) and Citadel (25,000), will be held at Gunnersbury Park in west London, after organisers reached agreement with site owner Ealing and Hounslow Councils.

The Live Nation Entertainment-promoted events were forced to move from Victoria Park, after rival AEG Presents signed an exclusive five-year contract with Tower Hamlets Council (see LIVE UK issue 214) for use of the park, where it will stage All Points East (40,000).

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Venue protection to be in planning policy 

THE AGENT of Change principle, which serves to protect noise-generating cultural venues from the impact of building developments, is to be incorporated into the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

Following discussions led by music industry umbrella group UK Music and other bodies, the Government’s Housing Secretary Sajid Javid has agreed that detailed reference to Agent of Change will be made in NPPF, with which local authorities are legally bound to comply.

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Arena project delayed 

THE £90 million project to build Bristol Arena could be going back to the drawing board after an alternative location emerged. 

Construction of the 12,000-capacity venue, which is to be jointly run by SMG Europe and Live Nation Entertainment, had been earmarked for the Temple Meads area of the city with preparations already underway.

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Orb plan yet to tee off

DESIGNS HAVE emerged for a new concert venue, already being dubbed the Golf Ball, in London.

New York’s Madison Square Garden Company (MSGC), which runs the city’s legendary Madison Square Garden (cap. 19,000), is behind the project, which will be located close to London Stadium (80,000) in Stratford, according to the Guardian newspaper.

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Ticketmaster wins contract
for Biggest Weekend 

LIVE NATION Entertainment-owned Ticketmaster has signed an exclusive ticketing deal with the BBC’s music festival The Biggest Weekend.

The company will be the only official ticketing agency for the event, which will take place at four locations across the UK between 25-28 May. The sites include Swansea’s Singleton Park (20,000), Belfast’s Titantic Slipways (20,000), Perth’s Scone Palace (30,000) and Coventry’s War Memorial Park (20,000).

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Village Underground seeks 
to extend weekend hours

THE 400-CAPACITY Village Underground in London’s Shoreditch is attempting to extend its weekend opening hours to become more financially viable.

An application for a new license which will allow the venue to open until 6am on Friday and Saturday, an increase of two hours, has been submitted to Hackney Council. As part of this license, Village Underground would close at midnight, rather than 2am from Monday to Wednesday.

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Civic Halls to remain closed until
2020 as part of £38m renovation

WOLVERHAMPTON’S Civic Halls are to stay closed for a further two years after a restoration project was significantly expanded.

Under initial plans, costing £14.4 million, work on the Civic Hall (cap. 3,000) and The Wulfrun Hall (730) was due to be completed in March (see LIVE UK issue 199).

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Government inquiry to focus on the
resale market and grassroots venues

A FRESH inquiry has been launched to tackle issues affecting the live music industry, including ticket touting and problems faced by grassroots venues.

The investigation is being carried out by the Government’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee, and will incorporate the findings and evidence submitted to the previous committee’s inquiry, which was interrupted by last year’s general election.

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Phased reopening for Fairfield Halls

THE OWNER of Fairfield Halls (cap. 1,750), Croydon Council has insisted the venue will reopen this year, despite being unable to provide a specific date. 

As it stands the concert hall and adjacent Ashcroft Theatre (700), which are currently undergoing a £30 million refurbishment, is scheduled to reopen in November.

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Stadium plans more live music 

MANAGEMENT AT West London’s 55,000-capacity Twickenham Stadium are working towards staging more live music events at the venue, following securing two shows with Eminem.

As part of his Revival world tour, the artiste will perform at the stadium on 14 and 15 July, his only UK dates. Last year the venue hosted two sell-outs with U2.

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Theatre boss to step down

THE MD of Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall (cap. 2,300) and Theatre Royal (1,186), Robert Sanderson, is to retire after nine years in the role.

Sanderson, who was initially appointed on an interim basis, has overseen the theatre’s £3.3 million Royal Transformation Project, which included improvements to the foyer area, restaurants and disabled access.

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Ticket fraud on the rise

THE NUMBER of reported ticket fraud incidents has increased, according to figures released by the Society of Ticket Agents & Retailers (STAR) and crime agency Action Fraud.

The organisations reveal that 3,973 reports of ticket fraud were reported during a six-month period in 2017, with victims losing an average of £195.

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DHP festival raises £100k for homeless 

A NEW multi-venue festival, organised by promoter DHP Family in Nottingham, has raised more than £100,000 for homeless charity Framework.

The one-day event featured performances from 80 acts including Sleaford Mods, Ferocious Dog and The Invisible Orchestra, at DHP-owned venues, including Rock City (cap. 1,900), Rescue Rooms (450) and The Bodega (250) on 28 January. 

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Cardiff venue adopts mobile-first ticketing

THE 460-capacity Clwb Ifor Bach is bringing in a mobile-first ticketing strategy in a bid to stop tickets appearing on the secondary market.

The Cardiff venue has teamed up with ticketing app platform DICE to allow fans to get refunds on unwanted tickets and transfer tickets to others on their phone. People wanting tickets for sold-out events can also join a waiting list for returns.

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Stars line-up for BRITs week

PERFORMANCES FROM artistes including Ed Sheeran, Rag’n’Bone Man and Jessie Ware will form part of War Child BRITs Week. 

Promoted by AEG Presents, the shows are a spin-off from the annual BRIT Awards held at London’s The O2 on 21 February, and will raise money for the charity War Child.

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Price cap resale site launched

EVENTIM UK has launched fan-to-fan resale platform FanSALE, which limits prices to no more than 10 per cent above face-value.

The facility is for tickets originally purchased via Eventim and those offered for resale will be verified by the company.

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Full circle for Malawi project 

THE PROMOTER behind one of Africa’s leading music festivals featuring international artistes, Lake of Stars (cap. 3,000) in Malawi, is to stage spin-off events in London and Glasgow.

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the event, British-born Will Jameson is holding a one-day multi-venue event in Waltham Forest, prior to a concert at Walthamstow Assembly Hall (cap.1,000) and a show at Glasgow Art School’s Assembly Hall (500) in March.

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Tribute to Parkwood Group boss

THE FOUNDER and executive chair of theatre operator Parkwood Group, Tony Hewitt, has died at the age of 68.

Hewitt died on New Year’s Eve after being admitted to hospital. 

Through its Parkwood Theatre division, the company operates venues including The Hawth (cap. 862) in Crawley, Weston Super Mare’s Playhouse (664) and Barnstaple’s Queen’s Theatre (680).

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  UK Best Venues for Contemporary Live Music
Part 2 Open-air venues, stadiums, arenas, campus venues, arts centres, clubs, pubs & bars.

The annual 88-page round-up of the most proactive venue managers and operators working predominantly with contemporary live music, featuring interviews with and profiles of key figures.
 
 
 
  UK Venues for Contemporary Live Music (2017)
Part 1 Theatres and Concert Halls

The annual 92-page round-up of the most proactive venue managers and operators working predominantly with contemporary live music, featuring a directory, interviews with and profiles of key figures.